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October Board Awards

October 20, 2017

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources

WALNUT, CA—The Walnut Valley USD Board of Trustees recognized exemplary students and parent volunteers from Chaparral and Suzanne Middle Schools during the October 18 meeting.

Eighth grade twins Kaitlyn and Kayla Loera from Chaparral were presented with Super Star Student Awards.

“At Chaparral, we promote educating the whole child through the four A’s -  Academics, Athletics, Activities, and Arts,” said principal Ron Thibodeaux.

“Tonight, we are pleased to celebrate these two well-rounded students!”

Kaitlyn and Kayla are both 4.0 Honor Roll students; members of ASB, FBLA club, and Breakout EDU; involved in basketball, cross-country, and golf; volunteer as after-school math tutors and technology aides, and play viola in the advanced Sinfonia orchestra.

Parent Cindy Huang was honored with the Partner in Education Award for generously volunteering her time coordinating fundraising events that benefit the school.

She is the current president of the school’s Chinese American Parent Organization (CAPA) and has served as vice president last year.

Cindy and the CAPA members have worked hard to boost membership and have funded numerous projects for teachers. They supply gold cords for the school’s promotion ceremony and have contributed thousands of dollars to band and choir programs.

Additionally, CAPA has been instrumental in translating newsletters and communications to keep members informed.

“This is a wonderful night being able to recognize our students and community members for the support that they provide our school,” said Suzanne principal Les Ojeda.

Suzanne 8th grader Chloe Young received a Super Star Student Award.

Chloe is a standout in a class full of leaders that truly embody the leadership class motto: Create Spirit and Serve Our Campus. She recently stepped up to be a team leader for one of the first activities of the year and led her team flawlessly. Even though she was in charge, she worked side-by-side with each member of her team to finish the task.

Chloe even delivered hand-written thank you notes to the team members.

That act of kindness brought “utter joy” to one student, Ojeda recalled.

“Chloe not only served our campus to create a spirit event, but also nurtured the spirit of her team.”

Parent David Morales was honored with the Partner in Education Award.

David has been a wonderful Community Club member and supporter at Suzanne. He puts in endless hours of service and inspires and motivates members to assist staff and students.

He volunteers countless hours in the library, provides student support at registration, and during Accelerated Reader tests administered at lunch and after school. Additionally, he represents the school on the WVUSD Coordinating Council and Technology Committee.

“Suzanne is grateful for the time and effort that he has spent supporting our staff and students. Thank you for making our school a better place!” Ojeda said.

The Wolf Corp. Robotics Team received special recognition during the Board Meeting.

Last May, the team representing Los Angeles region, won the 1st Place Overall Core Values Award during the 2017 Razorback Invitational Robotics Competition at the University of Arkansas.

The event included 68 top performing teams from around the world including Japan, Brazil, Israel, Slovenia, Canada, Korea, Chili, Spain, Austria, and the United States.

In addition, Wolf Corp. has received numerous awards including 1st Place in Robot Performance at the Los Angeles Region Championship Tournament, Moonbot Phase One winner, Google Lunar X Prize, 1st Place Most Engaged Team from Lego Education. The team is also a three-time So Cal First Lego League Cup Champion at Legoland.

The Wolf Corp. team not only focuses on building and programing robots, they have inspired others during 50 community outreach events.

“As you can see, this group has been representing and promoting both Suzanne and Walnut Valley USD very well in STEM education during tournaments and outreach events,” Ojeda said.


Chaparral 8th graders Kaitlyn and Kayla Loera are honored with Super Star Student Awards during the Oct. 18 meeting. Shown with Board President Dr. Tony Torng. Also shown with Principal Ron Thibodeaux, Chaparral teacher and mother, Denise Loera, and Board President Dr. Tony Torng. 

Chaparral parent volunteer Cindy Huang receives the Partner in Education Award. Shown with Principal Ron Thibodeaux, husband, and Board President Dr. Tony Torng. 

Board President Dr. Tony Torng presents Suzanne 8th grader Chloe Young with a Super Star Student Award. Also shown with Principal Les Ojeda, parents, and Board President Dr. Tony Torng. 

 Suzanne Middle School’s Wolf Corp. robotics team receives a special award during the Oct. 18 meeting. Shown with Board President Dr. Tony Torng.  Also shown with coaches Scott and Luk Watkins, Principal Les Ojeda, and Board President Dr. Tony Torng.